Feeling kind of ehhhhh about my illustrations lately. Pencil sketches are fun for me and relaxing most of the time. Illustration is hard. Trying to keep my chin up but getting really discouraged. I know it’s that artist brain. We probably all feel it. Anyway, here’s a recent sketch.
Really nice piece. Interesting elements throughout the space. Love how the music leads you through all the little creatures. Great styling of your subjects. Almost makes me not hate alligators and crocodiles, almost. They are terrifying. Great job!
I like how you add a background story for your illustration. It seems more real and trustworthy now. I showed it to my friends when I met her before the broadway one of the best things to do in Las Vegas by this website opinion. And also adding a storyline or nostalgic reference makes the whole thing vibe with positive energy.
@eli Thank you for the feedback Eli and it is good to hear that you are not tired of this project yet! I'm really glad you are liking the direction this is going - i was actually wondering just today if you were approving of the new version!...i'm in that phase where i cannot really see objectively anymore and i keep making change after change....that arm is next on my list for sure ... i do think i may be hearing "finished not perfect" calling in the distance - better get as much done as i can before she shows up
@Marsha-Kay-Ottum-Owen Thank you for the feedback Marsha! Your critique is not confusing at all - very good to hear your thoughts too. I go back and forth with the transparency of the swirl - i'll have another look at it - I did go with the third head for the latest post - she is my favorite too (and i really like her impossible earrings - i have the house on it's own layer and keep messing with the size - you have actually mentioned most of my conflicts .....much appreciated - thanks again!
Finished, not by any means perfect. Learned a lot about Procreate during the process. Still need to work more on light and shadow and the puppy is a bit unclear. Anyhoo, I feel I made progress. Thanks again for all of your help!
I haven't actually thought of surface texture, but thanks, good to know. I haven't seen a rescue chopper or vehicle in real life, but I imagine they would be shiny. Yeah, go ahead, have at it!~ A draw over would be awesome.
@whitney-simms commissions seem to do really well at shows. I was apart of a two day con and was one of the only ones doing commissions the first day, and I was constantly busy. Then the next day everyone around me was doing the same thing
Congratulations on the event.
Hi, Ian! I really love your first version. It had more humor and the over all scene was more interesting. It looked like something i’d buy from a rack rather than the latter. The second one still looks good though but it’s kinda generic (for me atleast). But if you do decide to follow through with the new design, you can draw it such that the ice cream character is the one holding the tiny man in the cone, licking his ice cream lips in the background. Perhaps blurr the ice cream character a little. That way the humor is still present.
@TessaW These are some valuable thoughts... [I had to laugh at the great tact taken with your, 'it would have so much more impact if the creature was looking at the woman' Yes, indeed. lol Thank you]
I love the addition of the tail and definitely see the improvement with a hint of a forest added. It adds some story and depth..wonderful..thank you so much for taking the time.
@gary-wilkinson Looks great!
I think the route is similar; however, given the simplicity of many board books, you may consider creating a series of books (that's something that has been on my mind to work on). Take a look at Jane Foster's board books (they're great! My 6-mo old son (and my wife & I ) loves her Animal Sounds one): https://www.janefoster.co.uk/books/
I like that you removed the text from the images. I don't think that the text needed to be added to the portfolio images displayed. Now, if you were to be showing a set of flashcards or pages from a book, then I'd include the text, but showing these as spot illustrations, I don't think the text is all that necessary.
For licensing, you'll probably end up developing a paper/textile series of offerings to present at Surtex or the Licensing Show (or at similar expos) or to get a licensing agency to represent you. either way, there will need to be a catalog of imagery ready to be licensed. I'm assuming a paper/textile pattern series catalog since you are not licensing a character brand (e.g. Hello Kitty) or a story brand (e.g. Spongebob) as far as I can tell.
Great work! Fun to see!
It's such a cool piece! Very interesting and almost creepy style, everything is rendered very nicely. The one thing I notice is the stars are taking away from the focal point (which i'm assuming is the face), they are bright and hard-edged against a dark background so theyre very high contrast and pull your eye away from the face. I suggest darkening them and blurring them a bit so they fall into the background!
It's a really strong piece. I think the values are a little too similar which makes the foreground blend in with the background. Like @amelia-bothe said watch the perspective on the knife and add a little shadow behind the right leg. One thing I'd add is make the eyes a little bigger and more feline. That being said it's a well drawn and well painted piece. I really like it!